Embraerrsquos EJet family is a series of narrowbody twinengine jets widely used by regional carriers but also by major airlines for short and middistance routes The jet builder has booked over 1500 firm orders for the EJet aircraft since 2004 and than 1100 have been delivered to date

Embraer’s E-Jet family is a series of narrow-body, twin-engine jets, widely used by regional carriers but also by major airlines for short and mid-distance routes. The jet builder has booked over 1,500 firm orders for the E-Jet aircraft since 2004, and than 1,100 have been delivered to date.

SkyWest Taking 19 New Embraer Jets

Regional jet-builder confirms contract for E175 aircraft, deliveries to start in 2016 Est. value $541.5 million CPA with Delta Air Lines New wingtip design

Utah-based SkyWest Inc. agreed to buy 19 new E175s jets from Embraer Commercial Aviation, the Brazilian regional-aircraft specialist. The first jets are scheduled to be delivered in the third quarter of 2016.  With a unit cost for the E175 reported to be $28.5 million, the current value of the order can be estimated at $541.5 million.

The aircraft will be operated by SkyWest Airlines Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, under a “capacity purchase agreement” with Delta Air Lines. According to Embraer, the new jets will be outfitted for in a two-class, 76-seat arrangement to operate under the Delta Connection brand.

The E-175 is one of two smaller variants (80 seats) in the E-Jet family, powered by GE Aviation CF34-8E engines. As detailed by the OEM, the E175s are designed a new wingtip that improves aerodynamic performance. Fuel consumption on a typical flight is 6.4% lower than first-generation E175s, Embraer said.

“We remain impressed with Embraer’s E175 product and are pleased to advance our Delta partnership with these aircraft,” stated SkyWest Inc. president Chip Childs.

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